England 310 all out against New Zealand in Champions Trophy

Trent Boult took an outstanding catch to remove Moeen Ali cheaply and leave England 6-230, but a late charge by Buttler (61no) took the tournament hosts to another imposing total.

The win means England is now guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals, regardless of the result of their final pool match against Australia on Saturday.

Hesson described the Black Caps bowling display as "steady" but says they need to find ways to take early wickets.

Meanwhile, second place Australia have only gained two points with both their matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh getting abandoned due to rain.

New Zealand lost three quick wickets in the space of seven overs from which they never recovered, ultimately dismissed for 223.

Joe Root proved the usual rock for England, hitting 64 off 65, with four fours and two sixes, but went after chopping the ball back onto his wicket against Anderson.

England will not be an easy proposition for Australia, especially as now they have their confidence sky high after partly justifying their pre-tournament favourite's tag by becoming the first team to reach the semi-finals.

Spinner Adil Rashid, who came into the side as Chris Woakes' replacement also came out with a good bowling performance and picked two crucial wickets apart from drying the runs for the New Zealand batters.

Williamson made a brilliant hundred against Australia before following up with 97 against England-a match where he was fined but not banned for a dreadfully slow over-rate. "I see them going a long way in the tournament", said Lee, who had finished his illustrious career with 380 wickets in 221 ODIs. They could not play the full 50 overs as they were all out in 49.3 overs but by then, they have already scored 310 runs.

"We now know we have qualified for the semi-finals but we want to be going there on the back of a win and we will be desperate to do that on Saturday", Buttler said, as quoted on CricBuzz.

Jake Ball, a disappointment in England's opening day win over Bangladesh, set the tone for England when he removed the unsafe Luke Ronchi in the first over of New Zealand's response.

"We'll obviously have a chat about the team, but, certainly within a winning side, it's very hard to make changes going into a game where you don't really have much to lose".

  • Julie Sanders